Hayes’ Bias will move mountains
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Delaware Hayes High School senior Tori Bias will be taking the less traveled road for young women. She has decided to go into engineering, a field that’s certainly not dominated by women.
Even back in seventh and eighth grades, Tori was building bridges at science fairs. A recent women’s engineering conference at Ohio State University reinforced her decision to go into the traditionally male-dominated field.
The conference allowed her to meet other women in the field and learn about different areas within engineering. Tori is considering either civil (actually building things — from skyscrapers to culverts) or industrial systems (more the business side and compiling different parts to make things more efficient, for example production lines in factories, she explained).
And Tori will reach her goal, according to Dempsey Middle School English teacher Heather Lowry.
“Tori is extremely focused and dedicated to her academics, athletics, family and community,” Lowry said. “Tori is an outstanding mentor and role model to the youth of our community, as well as her peers. Her strong sense of self, that her parents have fostered over the years, truly enables Tori to have total confidence when she makes a decision. She does nothing half hearted.
“Tori has been honored for her grades and contributions to her community by being tapped last year by The National Honors Society. On the athletic field, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an athlete with such a strong work ethic, drive, and desire for her team, and for the win. Tori both on the athletic field, and as a member of our community, is an exceptional leader. She is a self driven young lady who will change our world for the better. Tori doesn’t settle in life; she’s a mover of mountains and mender of bridges.”
Tori’s other passion beyond engineering is soccer. Playing since age 4 when she began with the Delaware DYAA, she not only plays with the school team where she is captain, but also for a club team out of Hilliard.
Traveling all over the surrounding states playing with this team, she will go with them to Florida to play in the Disney Showcase tournament at Christmas.
“I’ve developed a crazy amount of connections through playing soccer,” she said.
And with the interest in both areas, Tori has a big decision ahead of her — where to go to college.
She has applied to both Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan where she would play soccer, and Ohio State University’s engineering program as well. Otterbein has a five year program, three years at Otterbein in physics, then two years at Case Western in engineering. So there are many options for Tori to consider.
“That’s the thing at OSU. There would be no sports unless it is intramural. That’s the big decision I’ll have to make,” she said.
Wherever she goes, she hopes to participate in the co-op program each school offers.
And where does she see herself ending up?
“I like big cities a lot, but I’m very comfortable with the suburb feeling,” Tori said, noting she could remain in this area. “But I always see myself going to Chicago or New York (City) for something.
Kevin West, social studies teacher at the high school, taught Tori advanced placement U.S. history her sophomore year.
“AP classes during 10th grade are not typical, which shows that Tori really challenges herself academically. Additionally, nobody worked harder during AP US History than Tori that year: attending review sessions, utilizing online resources, seeking additional feedback on tests and essays and asking questions in class. Her positive, welcoming attitude combined with that work ethic made Tori everyone’s ideal group project member,” he said.
Social studies teacher Jordan Blackburn said, “Tori Bias is one of the best people who attends Hayes. She is an exceptional student-athlete who puts others ahead of herself and who has the maturity to act and think like an adult. She ‘gets it.’ Tori is a profound thinker who stimulates class discussions, but she also is an attentive listener who others seek out when they are confronting problems. I want kids in Delaware to look at her as a role model and say I could be like Tori someday, because if they pursue that goal it will benefit our community in a very positive manner.”
Tori has been busy at Hayes the past four years beyond soccer. She has been in choir each year, from concert to women’s chorale to symphonic.
“You’re surrounded by kids just like you. We’re all busy, all in numerous activities,” Tori said. She credits choir teacher Dara Gillis who taught them to respect others as well as themselves, and how to be efficient with their time.
She is also busy volunteering with National Honor Society and recently worked on the school’s homecoming committee.
In addition to all her school activities, Tori also babysits and works as a hostess at Bun’s. She said the experience there makes her more acclimated to Delaware people, “the regulars that come in. I like interacting with people. People I never knew before in Delaware.”
With the fall being the busy, exciting time it is for any senior, Tori said, that when winter and spring hits, she hopes to have time to reflect.
“I’m definitely excited to meet new people,” she said on going to college, adding it will be nice to live on her own and make her own decisions. “I’m not saying I’m not nervous, I’m so nervous.
“I’m leaving my comfort zone. I realize there is not time to do things again. It’s definitely going to be sad to leave the people I grew up with,” she said. But she is looking forward to the future, which will include catching up with her lifelong friends when everyone comes home on breaks.
Tori is the daughter of Dodie and Phillip Bias of Delaware.